Using the Arts to Create Joy & Connection

Improving Quality of Life for Your Loved One or Client with Dementia

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Sign up for this free introductory course to learn:

  • how and why using the arts, enhances quality of life for your loved one or client with dementia (and for you!).
  • 3 "Mind Shifts" that will make a very positive difference in your relationship
  • 3 creative activities to use right away. Downloadable instructions and material lists are included!

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Your Instructor

Shelley KIng
Shelley KIng

Hi! I’m Shelley King, the Founder of Artful Connections.

Like so many people with aging and ailing parents, I spent a lot of time visiting my mom in her palliative care room as she continued to deteriorate physically, mentally and emotionally, with less and less hope of recovery. I was at a loss as to how to create joyful and meaningful ways to spend time together. My visits left me feeling stressed, sad and helpless. I also felt guilty that I didn’t know how to do more for her. The doctors were doing their best to provide her with “quality of care”, but there was little left of her “quality of life”. We all need both.

It wasn’t until after her death, 15 years ago, that I discovered the joy and connection that results from the use of expressive arts, puppetry and storytelling. In the decade following my mom’s death, I completed my university diploma in social work, received certification in family supports, completed my post-graduate training as an expressive arts facilitator, and studied & practiced puppetry arts. Since then, I have put my skills and experience to work with many people whose quality of life has been compromised due to changes or differences in their cognitive function. The use of expressive arts and puppetry have proven to be two powerful tools for building relationships, augmenting communication, problem-solving, healing, storytelling, educating, and simply having fun and playing. It is the answer I was looking for, all those years ago with my mom.

In 2013, I started my own business, Artful Connections (formerly Puppeteria), to share the magic and power of using puppetry and expressive arts with others. I have worked with hundreds of clients directly, and coached many caregivers, social workers, and educators on how to use these same creative tools in their professional practices. Now - I’m very excited to be expanding my reach world-wide, through The Artful Connections Learning Studio, by developing and delivering on-line webinars and courses.

My motivation in creating these courses, is to guide you through the strategies, tools and processes I have learned and developed, so your journey as a family or professional caregiver is more creative, playful, and engaging (for you both). Quality of life matters!

"Shelley King embodies Play, Fun and Laughter while giving people the tools to navigate difficult times and emotions safely and creatively!! Her Puppeteria workshops and services inspire the imagination while gently helping participants bring out their true Inner Child. For healthier individuals, families and organizations alike, Shelley King and Puppeteria are a must!

Cynthia Mitchell, Life Coach, Educator, Speaker (

Course Curriculum

  Module 1 - Why Art Makes a Difference for People with Dementia
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  Module 2 - Mind Shift
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Access to the Private “Artful Connections” Facebook group is also available to you immediately so you can meet other care-givers who want to use the arts to enhance quality of life for the people they care for..
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What format is used for the course content delivery?
The course includes Videos, Worksheets, Activity Sheets, live Question & Answer sessions, and access to a private FaceBook Group to ask questions, share successes, bounce around ideas and give feedback to fellow students! Shelley will check in throughout the week to stay on top of answering questions and providing guidance.

This course is closed for enrollment.